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Merry Little Christmas Festival

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Location Wilmington
Dates December 07, 2018 - December 16, 2018

From Merry Little Christmas Festival Website:

The Merry Little Christmas Festival is our way of sharing a little of the holiday spirit with our neighbors, families and friends. The grounds, outbuildings and Manor House of Poplar Grove will be specially lit up and twinkling, including a Winter Bazaar of 60 juried arts and crafts vendors and interactive experiences over the course of two weekends, so bring family and friends, and spend a small part of your holiday with us!

December 7th, Friday from 5-8 PM
December 8th, Saturday from Noon-8 PM
December 9th, Sunday from Noon-5 PM

December 14th, Friday from 5-8 PM
December 15th, Saturday from Noon-8 PM
December 16th, Sunday from Noon-5 PM

Admission is $5.00 and includes a blazing bonfire for roasted marshmallows, activities for the family including a letter writing station to post those little wishes to the North Pole, visits with Santa, lawn games, a USO vignette to write letters to our US soldiers serving abroad, concurrent outdoors screenings of classic movie favorites, such as "The Polar Express," "A Christmas Story," and "Elf." If you dare, peek inside the Grinch's Junk Shop in the Blacksmith Studio.

This is an opportunity to spend time with your family without waiting in long lines, but rather strolling our lighted grounds and playing midway games of the past. Remember ring toss? Come try your aim at our Shoot 'Em Up booth, or see how well you can pitch a penny watch out! Bring blankets and chairs, and plan to stay a while!

During the two weekend extravaganza, 60 local arts, crafts and gift vendors will be displaying unique and hand-made items for special gift giving surprises for those stockings, home and hearth.

So sing along to your favorite holiday music under the stars, or purchase s'more packets and hot chocolate to help support our barnyard crew at the Stables. Come on out and meet your neighbors and friends, and glimpse out into the night sky for a sign of Santa's sleigh

To compliment this outdoor experience, Candlelight Tours will be offered through the eight rooms of the Manor House for $20 a person, which includes the $5 grounds fee admission. Advanced tickets required for Candlelight Tours.

The front and back parlors will each feature a 12 ft. live tree, and two 10 ft. live trees in the main floor morning room and upstairs hallway. Each room of the Manor House is lovingly decorated by theme and color, including natural flora and greenery inspired by the Foys' Colonial through Victorian family history with a few contemporary flourishes to echo the family's four centuries in coastal North Carolina.

There will be a Candlelight Tour Preview Weekend on November 30 and December 1 for a reduced rate of $15.
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Show hoursFri 5-8, Sat 12-8, Sun 12-5
Application Deadline2018-11-16
Public Admission Price$5
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